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‘It’s Like Being a Little Bit Pregnant’: Officials Uphold $75 Ticket for Woman Who Parked ‘A Little Bit’ in Crosswalk

Officials are upholding a $75 fine for a woman who parked her car such that it obstructed a pedestrian crosswalk at Main Street and East Avenue while she ran into the now-closed Turkish coffee shop there for a cup of joe. Though the motorist, Ying Emma Zhang, told members of the Parking Commission that her car was just “a little bit” into the crosswalk, that claim alone has no bearing on the violation committed, officials said. “Unfortunately, in the parking world, it’s like being a little bit pregnant,” Chairman Keith Richey said during Zhang’s appeal hearing, held Nov. 9 at Town Hall. Zhang said she incurred the ticket more than one month prior to the hearing. Continue Reading →

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Officials To Renew $10 Fee for Commuters Seeking Parking Permits To Remain on Waitlists

Town officials last week voted to institute again a $10 fee for commuters seeking to retain their places on waitlists for coveted municipal parking permits in New Canaan. Following approval from the selectmen, the New Canaan Parking Bureau last fall sent out 1,281 letters to those on any of three waiting lists for the Richmond Hill, Talmadge Hill and Lumberyard Lots, according to Parking Superintendent Stacy Miltenberg. The idea was to “clean up” the lists by dropping anyone who had moved out of town or otherwise had no reason to remain on them, and it worked, Miltenberg said. “This year, 636 [letters] are going out,” she told members of the Parking Commission at their Nov. 9 meeting, held at Town Hall. Continue Reading →

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Officials Uphold Three Tickets for Downtown Worker Who Parked Outside Shop All Day

Parking officials last week voted unanimously to uphold three tickets totaling $105 for a downtown retail shop worker who said she inadvertently had parked all day outside the Main Street business. During an exchange that became testy at times, Jamie Friend told members of the Parking Commission at their most recent meeting that she parked in front of Wave on Main Street on a Saturday morning “because I had a bunch of things to bring into the store where I work, and once I got into work it was crazy.”

“It was busy and I completely forgot that my car was parked there,” she said while appealing her tickets at the commission’s Nov. 9 meeting, held in Town Hall. “So I didn’t leave until the end of the day at 6 o’clock and I had three tickets on my car so I was pretty upset because that is pretty much my whole day’s wages.”

Commissioners Keith Richey, the body’s chairman, Pam Crum and Peter Ogilvie voted to uphold the tickets—$25 for the initial overtime parking violation and then $40 each for two subsequent violations. Parking on Main and Elm, and other downtown streets, is 90 minutes though it will change to two hours once new signs are installed, following a recent decision. Continue Reading →

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‘I Assumed Jewish Holidays Counted’: Parking Ticket Appeals

What follows are excerpts from parking ticket appeals letters filed recently with the New Canaan Parking Bureau. Where available, we’ve included information on the violation for which these people were cited, in what amount, and where and when the violation occurred. For context, we’ve also added town of residence for the ticketed motorist. We preserve spelling, capital letters and punctuation as written by the appellant. ***

“I was getting married on 9/29/17 and my daughter from NYC (9 girls) were having our nails, hair, etc. Continue Reading →

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Parking Officials Consider Issuing Additional Lot Permits for Downtown Workers

The downtown workers still parking on Main and Elm Streets—even after special permits were made available for purchase to get them off—likely never will change their habits, the head of New Canaan’s Parking Bureau said at a recent meeting. According to Stacy Miltenberg, the 40 employees of businesses in the heart of New Canaan’s business district who purchased permits that allow them to park at either the Park Street or Morse Court lots are delighted with them are “so happy with them and they’re utilizing them.”

Yet others “are never going to take a permit, no matter what we do,” she told members of the Parking Commission at their Sept. 14 meeting, held in Town Hall. “I saw this with one of the people at the shops. I can’t tell you how many times I told her there were permits available and she just continued to get tickets and tickets, and then she comes in frustrated because she keeps getting tickets. Continue Reading →

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